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What to Wear on Vacation in Europe


If you are planning a trip to Europe you are in for a wonderful time and will experience things that you may never experience again. What is very important when you do visit Europe though that many Americans may not take into consideration is the way you dress. If you go looking like ‘an American’ you will be labeled as such and you could miss out on a whole bunch of things as many Europeans are on the stuffy side and will tend to judge you by the way you dress. So how should you dress when on vacation in Europe?

Europe is a big place and depending on where you are going it could be hot and balmy or cool and crisp so it pays to be prepared for anything. Here are some tips for how you should plan on dressing when you are getting ready to head over to Europe:

•    Classy cloths: Again, many Europeans will judge you solely on the cloths you are wearing. Unfortunately for you, the bulk of the people you will meet in Europe are hotel workers, restaurant worker, and so on. In order to get the good rooms, good tables, and good food you should always dress as though you have it coming to you.
•    Slacks as opposed to jeans: Jeans started gaining popularity in the 1990s in Europe but there are still a great number of places that won’t even let you cross the threshold if you are wearing a pair. A nice pair of comfy slacks made of wool and polyester will have you feeling and looking great and will be much more excepted wherever it is you go in Europe.
•    Dress in layers: This goes back to the point about being ready for any type of weather and climate. Europe has the tendency to even change from town to town when it comes to temperature, humidity, rain or shine, you name it. A great way to be prepared is by layering your clothing. What this means is that you are simply going to wear items that can easily be removed and then added back as the weather permits. Always start off with the most layers on in the morning and then adjust as the day goes on.  Make sure that you look great no matter what layer you may find yourself in.
•    Shoes: Europeans love their shoes and you will notice a great number of them looking at your feet way before they ever look into your eyes. The most important rule with shoes in Europe is to have a pair that is already broken in. If you look like you just bought them to fit in, you’ll be a dead giveaway and almost instantly be labeled as ‘the American.’ Be aware of what shoes you are wearing with your outfit and as cozy as those old white sneakers are, leave them at home.

Europe is definitely a wonderful place to visit and your trip can be even more enjoyable if you follow the local rule; cloths make the man. Dress classy and comfy and you will never go wrong.


What To Wear In Phoenix


Phoenix is the state capital of Arizona. It is also the largest city in the state and the 5th largest city in terms of population in the entire country. Located in the desert, Phoenix is also the hottest big city in America. The daytime averages for Phoenix are over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the months of June, July and August. Winter temperatures are considerably lower but still are warm enough to be considered summer temperatures for states up north. If you are heading to Phoenix, learn a little about how people dress there so that you are as comfortable as possible.

Packing for the weather is important when you are going to Phoenix and most other destinations. Being in the desert, it is a very dry locale and therefore umbrellas and raincoats are completely unnecessary. Even winter is very mild there with high 60s and low 70s as daytime averages. Nighttime temperatures are in the 40s in the winter. If you are visiting Phoenix in winter, you will be comfortable in typical spring and fall clothing. Many people who reside in the city will be wearing heavy sweaters and heavy weight pants or jeans at that time of the year. It’s mostly because they enjoy getting to wear that type of clothing for a short period of time, rather than any true intolerance to cold. If you are packing lightweight clothes, remember to bring a jacket or a heavy sweater to help you keep warm in the evening.

The extremely hot summers are cause for most people to stay inside for a good portion of the day. If you are in Phoenix in the summer, bring lightweight clothing for outside and a sweater or blazer for air conditioned spaces. Waterparks are a popular tourist destination and are also popular with Phoenix residents, especially in the summer. Therefore if you are planning a trip to Phoenix, be sure to pack a swimsuit, so you can enjoy the break from the heat.

Bring comfortable shoes or sneakers if you are playing the part of a tourist in Phoenix. There are many beautiful parks to enjoy, however you will be on your feet and will need to be comfortable. You will also need to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is also a must if you will be outside for any amount of time.

Phoenix has a variety of different types of businesses; however communications and high-tech firms are most prevalent. There are also many government departments found in the city. Business wear in Phoenix is pretty much the same as in other parts of North America. Some companies want a professional business look while others prefer business casual. In Phoenix, the major difference is the weight of fabrics. People tend to wear lightweight business clothes year round because they can.

Pack yourself a variety of lightweight summer clothing in loose fitting styles if you are heading to Phoenix. Stay cool and enjoy the desert.


What to Wear in Ireland


Ireland is a great place to visit and the people there are very laid back. Because of that the fashion there is also very laid back. This is great because it allows tourists to simply relax and pretty much dress the same way they always do but there are some things that you should know about how to dress when you visit Ireland.

Though Ireland is laid back and casul is alright here are some tips to help you in your packing for Ireland:

•    Pack light: Most places in Ireland that you will stay at will require you to lug around your own luggage so keep that in mind when you are packing. The more you pack, the more you will have to lug around. Besides if you pack lighter that gives you an excuse to go buy some authentic Ireland clothing to bring back with you.
•    Bring an umbrella: One essential piece of clothing in Ireland is a good sturdy umbrella. It rains quite often in Ireland and it is no fun being caught without an umbrella in hand. A good raincoat goes a long way too as sometimes it is too windy for an umbrella.
•    Think in layering terms: Even in the summer time Ireland can get quite cool so you will always want to layer your clothing. The mornings tend to be brisk so you can begin the day with the most amount of clothes on such as a shirt, sweater, and jacket. As the day warms you up you can then begin to remove some of the layers and then put them back on as the evening hits and it gets cool once again.
•    Bring extra in winter: During the cold months you will want to be sure that you have plenty of warmer cloths with you. Sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, and even scarves. You should also never underestimate the power of a nice pair of thermal underwear. While you may feel a bit silly wearing them, they will keep you nice and warm.
•    Watch the water: The coasts of Ireland tend to be on the windy side. If you are planning on visiting these areas be sure that you have enough on to keep you warm.
•    Casual is ok: Remember that unlike many foreign countries it is perfectly acceptable to dress much in the same way you do right here in the United States. Jeans, sneakers, t-shirts and sweaters all fit the bill when it comes to Ireland.

It is important to note that even if it is hot outside the local pubs and restaurants in Ireland tend to be a bit on the cooler side as the air-conditioning is generally cranked way down. Always be sure that you have a light sweater or jacket with you at all times when visiting these local establishment and you will never be too cold.

Ireland is not only a wonderful place to visit; it is also an easy place to pack for. Just remember when you think Ireland; less is more.